FIVE TAPES OUT NOW – Neil Campbell / Jamie Azzopardi / Bear Bones, Lay Low / Salad With Ganesh four-way split, The Golden Gonk mini-album and split album with The Fossil Tree, Fornicating Fog and The Sun Sun Boys / The Ice Cream Kids reissues


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Neil Campbell / Jamie Azzopardi / Bear Bones, Lay Low / Salad With Ganesh – Split (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar144) – £4.00 (not including shipping)

Neil Campbell:

A1) Free Meat for the Hippies (18:11)

Jamie Azzopardi:

A2) Perpetual Lust Limbo (11:27)
A3) A Woman on a Lizard’s Tail (6:57)

Bear Bones, Lay Low:

B1) Sueños geométricos (7:21)
B2) Arenas dilatadas (7:47)
B3) Las mentes primitivas (2:49)

Salad With Ganesh:

B4) Constantly Playing Black Lace and Jive Bunny Hits to Ward Off Evil Spirits (19:36)

Rejoice- mammoth four-way number four is here at long last!! And it’s a real head-stomper…

Drone King Neil Campbell offers up “Free Meat for the Hippies”…and seasick rainy day ambient wowings laced with squealing wheedlings *plus* a side order of zonked out garbled voices for everyone else…just as tasty!! My own contributions were cooked up one summer back in the haze of some hopeless situation or other…oh well…so long and thanks for all the tunes!! Bear Bones, Lay Low’s Ernesto Gonzalez reputedly committed his fine suite to tape whilst visiting a festival on a farm in France…odd synth noises dart atop earthy dronage and bongo fury like sinister fireflies…Salad With Ganesh close proceedings with a massive assemblage of Kraut bass pulsing, dangerously deranged synth fuckery and what sounds suspiciously like every crap church hall disco I attended in the late ’80s/early ’90s happening all over again simultaneously- truly terrifying!!

Purple C80 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus inserts.




The Golden Gonk – “Seaside Moods Vol. 2 – Coastal Ghosts” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar145) – £3.00 (not including shipping)

A) The Watch House (13:43)
B) Hallsands, 1917 (12:15)

Robed rumination, faceless in the keening wind- our man in the South, spotlighted by a shaft of sun…the atmosphere of salted string melts into the tavern walls, melancholy ricochets and flutters through the static snows…all time is one, shadowed and haunted, baptised with sea spray…a seasonless standstill- echoes on the spiral stairs, a ghost in every brushstroke…

Pea green C30 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.




The Fossil Tree / The Golden Gonk – “Seaside Moods Vol. 3” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar146) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

The Fossil Tree:

A) Noise by the Sea (18:19)

The Golden Gonk:

B) Night of the Seagulls (16:56)

Mystic Dan of The Fossil Tree unwittingly *risked his life* (or at least his socks and trainers) to bring us the A-side of this tape…there he was, merrily skipping through the crab pools of Blackpool beach on a glorious sunny day, field recording device in hand- not a care in the world…until the tide decided to cut him off, leaving him with no option other than to go a-wading!! Eyewitness reports suggest the obstructing waters were no more than ankle-deep, but Mystic Dan assures me he nearly died for the sake of this curious collage of blasting Bispham winds, squelching sands and lots of fucking swearing…I, on the other hand, merely had to watch a ‘Blind Dead’ film to get inspiration for my side- probably a fate *worse* than drowning horribly in the icy Irish Sea to most, but hey- I dunno, I quite enjoyed this one!!

Blue C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork and tape labels, plus an insert.




Fornicating Fog – “Anointing Deer With River Scum” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar023) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

A1) Untitled (7:39)
A2) Untitled (18:09)
B1) Untitled (17:11)
B2) Untitled (6:27)

For all of about five minutes in the mid-’00s, Fornicating Fog was a quartet, boffing out massive albums of dark free doomic ambient improv forest noise sludge, of which this was the second, and- if you ask me- is probably the one where the aesthetic mulched together the be(a)st- a two-part phosphorescent marshland jam bookends an enormo-stretch of drop-A molasses riffing and a slab of rusted, toxic electronics…nice, though I recommend getting a tetanus shot after listening…just sayin’…the CD-R version of this vanished aeons back, so this 10 year anniversary cassette reissue is very timely indeed!!

Yellow transparent C60 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork, plus an insert.




The Sun Sun Boys / The Ice Cream Kids – “The Sun Sun Boys Ate The Ice Cream Kids” (Shack in the Barley Productions, shitbar025) – £3.50 (not including shipping)

The Sun Sun Boys:

A1) Miarfrghh (1:19)
A2) Ouafouaf (2:31)
A3) Iiiiiiiiiiiii Heu (5:34)
A4) Zbam Ponk Bunk Bott Zbaaff (3:09)
A5) The Sun Sun Boys’ Theme (2:25)

The Ice Cream Kids:

B1) Toutankhiteuf Zaaaaaa (2:29)
B2) Vrooooo Baoom Aaaaarg Drrrrrra (3:30)
B3) Zey Are Bacs! (5:23)
B4) Op Seso’t Draihc (2:50)
B5) Neapolitan Reunion (5:36)

These duos (both comprising of David Sanders and I) were ‘formed’ in 2004 over MSN while on a summer break from uni- I use the term lightly, as when we actually got together to make music, we tended to spend longer on having tea breaks, running away from wasps and pissing off Gouranga monks in Preston city centre than actually making music…then, before we knew it, uni ended, Dave split for France and the Sun Sun Ice Cream dream melted away without so much as a single note being recorded…until spring 2007, that is, when I deigned to leave my Gonkcave to spend a few days in Montpellier!! This split album of Afro Velvets shambo-pop, distorto-twangy dronefloat and seemingly very real threats of legal action from a few chumps who took offence to us waggling a mic about outside a shopping arcade (yeah, good luck tracking our underground asses down, motherfuckers!!) was the end result. Fun fact- I listened to the master CD-R of this so many time on the way home that it made me feel a bit sick!! Anyway, this 10 year anniversary cassette reissue comes with two bonus cuts- one from each project. Sounds like a party to me!!

Grey C40 cassette in a clear case with full colour artwork, plus an insert.



As ever, thanks a bunch to everyone who contributed their sounds to this batch, futher nourishing the psychedelic soils of Shack in the Barley Productions and to all who support the label by purchasing its wares!!

There are still plenty more releases to come in the second half of the year…stay tuned to remain updated!!

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